By Eli Wallace; Image:

Happy Independence Weekend, Boulder! There’s a ton of summer celebration taking place this weekend, and I’m sure you’ll be seeing red, white and blue, stars and stripes, and painted faces aplenty. Here’s your guide to doing this weekend right:

1. Parades and Fireworks!




Whether it’s at Folsom Stadium or the Boulder Reservoir, celebrate with a blast on July 4th eve. Enjoy the kid’s parade earlier that morning to get the national pride juices a-flowing.

Our breakdown of the county’s celebrations can be found here.

2. The Day After: Great American Sing-Along – Sunday, July 5, 3pm

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Image: CU College of Music

This free, family-friendly event put on by the American Music Research Center puts the spotlight on music that’s helped shape U.S. History.

If you’ve never been to the event, AMRC director Tom Riis says it’s just what it sounds like. “We vary the theme from year to year, but it’s always about tradition, community life and personal participation.”

While volunteer singers on stage will provide back-up for the crowd, Riis says it’s all about audience participation. “As the lottery ads say, ‘You can’t win if you don’t play.’ My version of that slogan for the Great American Sing-Along is, ‘You can’t get the most out of the music unless you participate.’”

A pianist will accompany the singers, and the lyrics of each song will be projected for the audience to follow along. Free lemonade will be served. For more information, visit


3. Balance & Tension: Solo Sculpture Show at Vilona + Friday Artist Show


Image: Ted Schaal, via Vilona Gallery

Explosions and crowds aren’t for all of us, and if you’re looking for a quieter, more contemplative activity, head to Vilona Gallery for Ted Schaal’s new sculptural work, which emphasizes horizontal balance. The new pieces juxtapose materials and surface textures to direct the viewer towards a specific focal space.

But don’t let me tell you about it; Schaal himself will tell you about it at the Artists Reception, this Friday, July 3, from 6-8pm. Refreshments will be served; the show runs from July 1-July 31.

For more information about Vilona Gallery, upcoming events and exhibit information, please email or visit

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